An update on AutoUpdate

If the tool successfully updates my installation to WordPress 5.8 (i.e. next major release planned for June), I will undo my commenting out, and put my settings back to Immediately. Let’s be optimistic…CogitActive

After so many failures (see Site Tools (vs. cPanel) – part 6: WordPress for the list of posts on the subject matter), I didn’t know if I could trust the SiteGround AutoUpdate tool again. Yet, I didn’t give up on the tool; I wanted to believe (see AutoUpdate tool cured?). When WordPress 5.8 was released on July 20th and my security plugin sent me an email Your WordPress version is out of date, my optimism started to fade. I did not receive SiteGround typically email about an Upcoming WordPress Update (as for every time it didn’t work; see SiteGround New Client Area and Site Tools – part 10). Therefore, I didn’t trust the UPDATE SCHEDULED notification in Site Tools. Nevertheless, this time, the tool identifying WordPress 5.8 (and not a previous or “unknown” version) was encouraging.

Three days later, I was done with optimism; the email notifications (from my security plugin) about out-of-date plugins, themes, and WordPress 5.8 were popping like crazy. I thought of contacting SiteGround, but I was still disinclined to open a ticket with them; bad memories die hard. Besides, I didn’t have the time to deal with this at the moment and I would be on the road for a couple of days. I didn’t like the idea of not updating WordPress immediately; yet, this was not a security update and I didn’t want to rush things up.

Once back, my installation was up to date; still, it took the tool a week to do what it is supposed to do 24 hours after the release. Anyway, it was a relief not to be out of date anymore and, more importantly, that the tool was working again. I immediately headed to my wp-config.php file to undo my commenting out SiteGround code (see SiteGround AutoUpdate tool ruined), but…

… the line of code was gone!

This is the code how I left it:

/**
* # Disables all core updates. Added by SiteGround Autoupdate:
* define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );
*/

This is how SiteGround modified it:

/**
*
* 
*/

I know that I cannot count on SiteGround to clean up behind them; still… However, I was very upset to see they removed my commenting out for the other piece of code (see SiteGround New Client Area and Site Tools – part 11):

@include_once('/var/lib/sec/wp-settings.php'); // Added by SiteGround WordPress management system

I will have to come back to this matter… For now, I have set the minor updates back to Immediately.